"I Am A Gentle Donkey" – T.B. Joshua

Humility simply means total dependence on God for everything…

On the heels of the recent controversy sparked by insinuations that Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua had claimed glory for the Black Satellites World Cup victory through his prophetic insight to Coach Sellas Tetteh, a similar event seems to have thrown a spanner in the works of the pastors critics…

A mere fortnight after the Satellite debate was at its hottest, revelations have emerged how coach of the current Nigerian U-17 Team, John Obuh, also received prophetic insight from T.B. Joshua concerning the Golden Eaglets last match with Argentina in the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup. Prophet Joshua also debunked the allegations of claiming glory for the Satellites triumph, referring to such statements as blasphemous and uncalled for.

On Sunday 4th November, a recorded conversation between the Nigerian cleric and Eaglets coach John Obuh was played back to The SCOAN congregation, an event broadcast live to the world via Emmanuel TV. Obuh was said to have called Joshua on Thursday, the day before the Argentine match on Friday.

“I told you in under 2 to 5 minutes they will score,” Joshua was heard telling the coach. “I want to assure you – your people are going home one ahead. That is the promise of God. But for five minutes they will be very dangerous – let us mark our home. 15 minutes to go will be for us – we must make use of it.” Coach Obuh told Joshua he had already informed the players of the prophecy. Another conversation was then played between Joshua and the Eaglets assistant coach Abimbola Samuel in which he told him in a local Nigerian dialect, “Your boys will work a penalty when it is 15 minutes to go…”

Prophet T.B. Joshua

Prophet T.B. Joshua

As events would have it, the match followed in the footprints of the revelation, Argentina scoring in the first two minutes, Nigeria winning a penalty in the last 15 and eventually winning by one goal to top their group and advance convincingly to the knock-out stages.

Speaking to the enthralled congregants, Joshua clearly defined the role of a prophet in such scenario, demystifying the rumour that he was attempting to ascribe glory to himself. “I cannot help anyone to win any match – I am just a servant,” he carefully explained. “A prophet is to tell God’s opinion. It’s a blasphemy, sin against Holy Spirit if you say a prophet is the one who helped someone win a match. I am a gentle donkey. I am just a donkey Jesus is riding on. If somebody drops beautiful clothes, attires on the floor for the donkey to march on, it is not the donkey they dropped the attire on the floor for, but the One on top.”

He further explained how the opinion of God can guide the team concerned, but the prophet who delivers such message has no say whatsoever in the matter. “There is nothing I can do – I am just a servant. I cannot touch it, I cannot alter it. It is God that can alter anything. A prophet doesn’t make a team win – a prophet only tells you the mind of God. When we know God’s opinion, it will help us to guard against mistake and error…”

The storm that erupted in Ghana over the Satellites Saga seems not to have deterred or discouraged the Nigerian pastor, who is widely known as one of the most persecuted pastors in Africa. Using his own life experience, he encouraged the viewers and those present that they must pass through both schools of persecution and praise as part of the necessary preparation for the journey ahead. “I feel strong in challenges, believing that personal improvement and fulfilment come through the continual process of learning from both negative and positive experiences,” he explained.

Recalling the words of his late mother that have been a source of inspiration for him, Joshua lyrically expounded, “When times are stable, and the sea is calm and secure, no one is really tested.” “People will challenge you, question you, try to get you off track,” he bluntly told the audience. “Don’t listen to the temptation to act out of character.”

On the presumption that such precise prophetic revelations can be dished out according to his own will, Joshua made it clear that the God of all nations who reveals such mysteries shows no partiality, attending equally to all who come to Him in humility and sincerity. “A prophet is a prophet to all nations irrespective of where he is from, and God is the Father of all – and He treats His children equally. For those who come to Him in humility, He opens His heart – and if you receive a prophet because he is a prophet, you receive a prophet’s reward…”

On the reason for the seemingly sudden burst of prophetic revelations about football, the pastor explained it is simply part of God’s mission to save souls, especially those of young people. “God wants to win the souls of young people – and young people today are into games such as football,” he clarified. “If they now see God’s hand in their midst, they will begin to believe God. It’s a game that unites other religions and Christians, even pagans – everyone unites when it is time of the game.”

Speaking on the qualities of true ministers of God, Joshua pointed to the importance of contentment, saying it is the lack of contentment that often causes people to engage in petty and unnecessary criticism of others. “When you are content – you will not compare yourself to others, you will not stand and begin to accuse your fellow brother or pray to rebuke and destroy them… The principle of a contented man is ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ ” Instead of criticising from afar, men of God should do what is good to change the bad they see, Joshua admonished.

The same service also witnessed the testimony of an armed robber who had come to the church last week armed with a gun, and the presentation of a brand new Mercedez car to a physically challenged man who had been begging for food with his three children for many months, his electrical shop having burned down a week after his wife tragically died. The reformed robber was supported with N200,000 while the physically challenged man had earlier been given N330,300, all part of Joshua’s extensive charitable activities.

SOURCE: The Ghanaian Journal, Modern Ghana, All Voices

  • Jennifer

    Prophet T. B Joshua should not worry abt what people say. Some of us know that he is a true man of God and we love him so much. We pray for him and the Almighty God will continue to bless him. God is using this man mightly so and the Kingdom of Darkness is feeling the pinch. Through Emmanuel TV, some of us has seen the light of God, grown spiritually and still learning from this Mighty Man of God.

    God Bless u Papa & Mama Joshua, I’m your fan is South Africa

  • AKITAYLOR(AKINWANDE TAYLOR)

    WHEN I LOOK AT THE MOUNTAIN , I LOOK AT THE VALLEY , I LOOK AT THE HILL O LORD THE ONE WHO SENT TB JOSHUA TO THE WORLD YOU ARE GREAT . I AM MAINTAINING MY WORD THAT THE GOD THAT SENT TB JOSHUA TO US IS THE ONE WE ALL NEED . WHY ?, THE REASON IS SO SIMPLE IN THE MIDST OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE A MAN WAS UNABLE TO BREATH AT LEAST FOR HOURS WHICH WAS CONFIRMED DEATH BY CERTIFIED DOCTORS AND THE VIDEO CLIP WAS SHOWN LIFE, THERE WAS NOTHING LIKE HIDDEN AGENDA , THIS WAS TOTALLY KNOWN TO ALL MEN FROM ALL WORKS OF LIFE , TO GOD BE THE GLORY PROPHET TB JOSHUA CAME THERE LOOKED UNTO THE THROWN OF GRACE WHERE THE FINISHED WORK OF RESURRECTION AND LIFE WAS PERFECTLY DONE AND HE OPENED FIRE TO DEATH AND SATAN , THERE WAS NO PLACE FOR THEM AT THAT MOMENT . GLORY TO GOD ALMIGHTY DEATH COULD NOT HOLD THE MAN TO RANSOM IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR AGAIN BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE UNIVERSE, ONLY REPENT , AND PUT ON A NEW MAN THAT IS RENEWED IN KNOWLEDGE WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING ACCORDING TO THE BOOK OF EPh 4 ver22. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IN THE UNIVERSE ARE YOU NOT CHALLENGED? IF YOU ARE CHALLENGED THEN RECIPROCATE BY REPENTING AND COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST AND BE SAVED . OPEN YOUR GOOGLE TYPE DEATH RAISED BY JOSHUA THEN WATCH THE VIDEO CLIP. GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU DO AND OPEN YOUR HEART TO HOLY SPIRIT OPERATION . PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD THAT RAISE THE DEATH SHOULD SAVE YOU . THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THE WORDS OF ADMONITION.

  • Oageletse sechele

    MAN OF GOD remember what jesus went through, but still he was denied and persecuted.I know you are strong in the lord and you come a long way with this blespheming……..i am one of the people who were against prophet t.b joshua when he visted botswana and i now regret the moment i missed, i could have received my deliverance then,but still i know now that there is no barrier to god’s ways.i still believe and trust GOD.keep going on prophet “in every situation, god is still saying something”God will increase your days for his glory.
    we love you and will continue to support you no matter what.the anoiting and the gift you have is nothing to be taken for granted.
    TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

  • onyedika ukpabia

    i need a help of money to start a trade.

  • K. BALAKRISHNAN

    Dear Pastor.

    When Jesus was in the world, the people were blamed and harashed him even a lot of miracles were open to every one eyes. You should not concentrate about what the people saying. The living God’s grace will lead you to the mountain to give the lights to a lot of people.

  • EMMANUEL UDEH

    sir, i love you some much and i love the assistace that you render to less privilage peaple i need you prayer for good health and a good job i graduated from a poly with ND in chemical ingineering.